Pownal Elementary School

Welcome to the new school year!

If you need a copy of the 2014-15 school calendar, you can pick one up in the office or click on this link.

It's School Pictures Time!
Friday, October 3rd. Pictures will be taken in the morning so preschoolers are invited to come in between 9:30 and 10:30 if you would like their pictures taken. A flyer went home with the newsletter explaining the prices and choices of backgrounds and packages. The flyer will also explain how to order online.

Requests from the Bus Drivers
With the start of a new school year, we need to remind students and parents that there is no eating on any bus! Some students are bringing what might be breakfast foods when boarding the bus in the mornings. Since there are several children who have severe food allergies, we cannot take any chances on having foods, crumbs or packaging from foods on the bus where an allergic child may come in contact with it. All of us are hurrying in the mornings but a few extra minutes to complete breakfast at home might help avoid a medical emergency. Thanks for your help with this.

It's that time of year again . . . Flu Season
RSU #5 will be holding flu clinics for students, staff, families and community members. The first clinic will be held on October 1st from 3-7 PM at the FHS cafeteria.

This is also a great reminder for parents to help your children dress properly as the weather is beginning to change and is very cold in the morning. Tee shirts may be great for warmed-up afternoons, but a jacket is certainly needed for those cold mornings.

The Book Fair is Back
Thursday, October 2nd from 6-8 PM and this year's theme is "Sir Read-a-lot's Castle." All Knights, Princesses and dragons welcome!!!

Upcoming Board of Directors Meeting
On October 8th, the RSU #5 Board of Directors will hold their regular meeting here at PES. The evening will begin with a brief social from 6-6:30 PM and the regular meeting will begin at 6:30. As always, this is a great way for you to hear about items being discussed concerning our school system.

It's Hannaford Dollars Time
You will find a flyer with the last newsletter from Hannaford showing you many of the items that, when purchased, will give you Hannaford Dollars. This is a coupon that you will get with your regular sales receipt. Either return it to the office at school or drop it in the box at the Yarmouth Hannaford store that will be marked Pownal School. It should be near the customer service counter. Make sure if you return it that you put it in the Pownal School box. This promotion runs from August 30th through December 6th. It's great to see how much money can be earned through this and, again, it goes right back to great things for our STUDENTS!

From the Art Corner
Connecting the Dots Between Art and Technology at PES
Young artists here at Pownal Elementary have been connecting the dots between art and technology. After reading the book The Dot by Peter Reynolds, artists in grades K and first experimented with making dots not only on paper in the art studio but also on iPads in their computer classes. In addition, young artists in grades 1-5 have all been involved in making their marks by painting recycled CD's, painting crayon resist dot squares for a "dot quilt" and even painting on acetate strips that adorn the windows of the art studio. All these dot related challenges were inspired by the book The Dot and the International Dot Day celebration of world wide creativity and collaboration. Over 1.8 million artists, educators and their students from around the world registered and participated in this challenge to "connect the dots" of creativity and collaboration. To find out more, go to www.thedotclub.org.


Fall Track is here
October 1st, Pownal will be hosting the track meet at 4 PM. We will be running against Freeport and Harpswell. Please try to attend and support your Pownal runners.

PES Youth Soccer is Underway
Practice has begun (Tuesdays from 5-6 PM) and our first games will be on Saturday the 13th from 9-10 AM. We have had a large sign-up of excited young soccer players ready to play, so if you have free time on Saturday mornings, come and watch the fun! These teams are made up of students in grades 2-5.

Grade 5 Swim Sessions are Starting
The YMCA and PES continue to have swim sessions this year for our students in grades 1-5. These sessions are free to our students and transportation is provided for them. The remaining sessions will be on Thursdays: October 2, 9, and 16. Please help your son/daughter to remember their towels, suits, and swim cap (if required).


Impact meetings will be held on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 PM. This is a new time so mark your calendars. Keep watching for information and events that IMPACT will be doing this new school year and try to attend the meetings so you can be a part of the activities at PES!

Just some reminders:

If you shop at amazon.com and use the amazon link on the pes.rsu5.org web page, Impact will receive 10% of your purchase price. Bookmark this link to make it easier!

Clynk bags are available in the office for your Maine returnables.

Boxtops for Education” - We continue to collect Boxtops from General Mills products. As you save them, you can just drop them off at the office.The money earned from these boxtops go towards extra classroom needs, student rewards and other school-wide items.

Amazon.com Fundraiser :  If you are shopping online at Amazon,com. this season,  please go to the Pownal School website first and click on the link to Amazon.com.  When you do this, Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to our school.  It's an easy fundraiser for our school if you're shopping anyway.  Bookmark the site as a favorite and you can skip the stop of going to the school website first.  Thanks

Looking for a new book to read ?  Bring in a book you've recently read to swap for a new-to-you book!  There is a bookcase in the computer lab where you can leave your book and choose a new book to read.  This is ongoing so feel free to bring in books at any time and help yourself to a new one.  Please only bring in books that are suitable for ages 5 – 12 (no board books or similar infant books)

Toner Cartridge Recycling Drop off your used toner and ink cartridges on the printer table in the computer lab. These get taken to Staples for recycling, and we get $2 credit for each one returned.